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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
Today was a good mail day. Oil and air filter showed up, and nothing else!
My next bike will be an FJR, and the thought of cruise control on a bike seems a little weird to me. I doubt I could adjust to that.
I've NEVER bottomed the shock AFAIK. The Cogent shock with a 7.6 spring is a large part of that. Plus, I'm really old so I ride pretty conservatively and I don't do air time intentionally. Long before televised supercross persuaded every aspiring young rider that clearing three tabletops was cool I used to ride Enduros. Way back in those days it was all about maintaining a 24 mph average speed no matter what the conditions so my wheels stay on the ground and hooked up with the surface as much as possible - that's the fastest, smoothest and safest way to make forward progress.
I went through the days of VistaCruise, and the VandaCruise. Both worked ok, but bulky. Now my GTL has full cruise control and I'm too used to it to be hanging on to the throttle when just motoring. My COBDR trip from WY boarder to 4 corners was a workout on my wrist. The worst part is that you can't let go of the throttle to adjust 'stuff'. (camera/sena/luggage/nutsak)
MOST of Tejas (the hill country being a notable exception) is nearly flat and pretty straight. Here in the southern Appalachians not so much.
Does the stock exhaust on the DR come with a spark arrestor? If not, how do I install one?
yes. built in
Cruise would be awesome on interstates or otherwise open country (like Texas!). Not my style of travel but I can definitely appreciate the idea. More importantly - why an FJR? There's no doubt it's a great pavement burner but based on what you've said, you don't seem to do a lot of distance rides. And, your new bambino is going to limit your days away from home. For just local rides, personally I'd choose something else - like maybe one of the Yammie FZs
Tellico Plains later in the month. Just doing a shakedown.
^^^ If you need GPS tracks I have a bunch of the area
I sat on one and it fit me great. Fortunately I have an understanding wife that realizes that bike rides are my way to relax. I still plan on doing long trips; just not as many.
After several long rides on my Feejer, cruiser control became an obvious need to my continued enjoyment. I spent an entire weekend adapting an auto cruise (you-tube) and lived happily ever after. Plus it was a fun project.
I have a Kaoko throttle lock on my sport tourer. The functionality has been a Godsend on roadtrips. Recommended.
I noticed in California the Freeway speeds are like 65+mph.
He have a lot of fast movers with TX plates that drive really fast. Some juke in and out of traffic on the Interstate to keep up with their home town speed limits. Mostly Texans are complete Assholes on the road in this area. A 70mph speed limit is the law. It does not matter what your plates read. Granted, I'm glad they are supporting the tax revenues. So, as long as they do not get anyone hurt or wreaked, all is well... Oh, and pay the reckless driving tickets or better yet pay huge court fees to have it off their record.
If you're cruising at 75mph here you will literally be pushed out of the way by other motorists. That's the biggest reason why I don't like commuting on the DR. 85mph is cruising speed here. An FJR with throttle lock here would be hella sweet!
I want an FJR so I can take a week off, hop onto RT80 for as long as I can stand it, take a right onto 191, and like hi hunny, I'm in Yellowstone.
You'll be a quick adapter of a throttle lock.
Relax. I got this.
Yeah, they're not really any better here at home. In Texas traffic tends to flow at 5-10 over, so transplanted drivers will be driven mad if y'all actually drive the limit. Having switched from a car to a full size truck in the last year, ice noticed it helps to be in a larger vehicle down here. Oddly enough, most are quite considerate of motorcycles. Probably because there are tons of them out on nice, sunny, Sunday afternoons.
thanks for the feedback.
When I road through Texas it was odd seeing convoys of white trucks driving on the Freeways. At first I thought they were together, then realized its a very popular color and type of transportation.
the Ford F-150 is the number one sold vehicle in the USA for a reason.